I recently read a book and being the reviewer type (I like to review for Tripadvisor, too) I thought about leaving a review.) This was before someone pointed out that it is against policy to review a book in a genre you write.) I enjoyed the book and decided on 4 stars. I think the 5 stars are for something outstanding (like Lord of the Rings in the movie realm). This book was engaging and kept me reading but not one of the best books I've ever read. When I went back to the site I saw the book already had 3 reviews--all 5 star. Should I add my overall favourable 4 star review and bring down the average? I decided not to.
I would say add your review. It's how you feel and the author would be as grateful (or should be) for your 4 star review as for the three 5 stars.
I leave reviews for every genre, even the ones I write in. However, I've never left a 1 or 2 star, mostly because I'll quit reading a book that sinks that low. Again, honesty is the key. Because I am genuine with the books in my category and usually rave about the authors anyway, I think everyone can see that there is no 'competitive' issue with it as sometimes happens.
I agree about just going ahead and posting it. Honestly, I think if you want to leave a review, it doesn't matter what sort of review it is, what genre it is, or anything else. If you wish to leave one, you should. Just consider what would happen if a lot of people had the thoughts of not doing so? Then there would end up being [b]no[/b] reviews, and that's not entirely a good thing.
I know that, as an author, I appreciate any review, even if they bash my book. That person took the time to not only read the book, but post a review about it. They didn't have to do so. It may help some people to see it, others it may not, but either way, if it's something you feel you'd like to do, just go ahead and do it.
I think reviewers should be honest, and some are just stingier with their stars than others, just like some teachers guard As and Bs more closely. Since three-fourths of my 63 reviews are 5-star, I have nothing to complain about, but the only thing that irks me is that a few 2 and 3 star reviewers have said nothing but praise in their review copy, yet still assign the lower stars. I would like to know why they thought it wasn't worth more. One 3-star said it was too short, and one found two (count 'em) typos, but all of the rest have written the same sort of copy as my 5-star reviews. Confusing.
Another thing I wonder if other writers have noticed: Since publication, I have generally had twice as many reviews at Goodreads as at Amazon, but Goodreads ratings tend to average 1/2 to one star lower. I've noticed this on a couple of other titles not mine, as well. Have others had the experience of slightly lower reviews at Goodreads?
No Traci, I've no idea. There are a couple of threads on the general discussions board about it and some people have lost a lot of reviews. Seems crazy. Apparently Amazon have not given reasons so far..
Authors are readers, too. I am a voracious reader and
rather opinionated in what I like.
I think the "reviews are for readers" point was saying you should write a review so potential new readers will have something to consider before purchasing it, but you shouldn't ask yourself what it's going to do to the author's rating average.
Well, I have a different view on giving 5-stars. If I do not consider a book outstanding, I do not review it.
In reference to my own books: I have one valuable, well-written 5-star and two 4-stars that I really appreciate. The other 5-stars on the same book are nice, but just there. Its two 1-stars and one 2-star are a load of crap. I have no 3-stars on it, but doubt I would take issue with one.